I looked at the list of the passengers’ names – there was one name on the list that I knew – Cornelius Wyatt. So I went to the shipping office and I looked at the list. Cornelius was an artist. He painted pictures. I heard from friend that he had married a beautiful and charming young woman. I wanted to meet Mrs Wyatt. I had never seen her.I was very glad to see Cornelius, bu he didn’t. He didn’t want to speak to me and he locked at his room.Cornelius arrived to ship with his wife and sister, but he also booked a third room, where he put some oblong box.What is in this strange oblong box? Why Cornelius behaves so bad?
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The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe
My home is in New York. But several years ago, I stayed in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few months. At the end of my visit, I returned to New York by ship.
In those days, we traveled by sailing ships. Sailing ships took about a week to sail from Charleston to New York. When the winds and the tides were good, the journey took six days. If there was little wind and we had to wait for a good tide, the journey took eight days.
There were no regular days and times for ships to sail. Passengers went to a shipping office. They asked a clerk where ships were going. The clerk told the passengers the names of the ships and their destinations. Then he wrote the passengers’ names beside the names of the ships. The captains of the ships looked at this list. Then they sent messages to the passengers when their ships were ready.
A ship was going to sail from Charleston in the middle of June. Its destination was going to be New York. I booked a cabin on the ship. Then I waited in a hotel.
I wanted to find out the names of the other travelers. The list of the passengers’ names was kept in the shipping office. So I went to the shipping office and I looked at the list. There was one name on the list that I knew-Cornelius Wyatt. Cornelius and I were students together at university.
A few months earlier, I had heard news about Cornelius Wyatt. A friend in New York wrote me a letter. Cornelius had married a beautiful and charming young woman. I wanted to meet Mrs Wyatt. I had never seen her.
Why were Cornelius and his wife in Charleston?
Cornelius was an artist. He painted pictures. He also bought and sold paintings. Old paintings were worth a lot of money in New York. Was that the answer to my question?
Maybe Cornelius had found a valuable painting in Charleston. There were many old families in South Carolina. The families had brought many paintings from Europe. Was Cornelius taking an old painting to New York?…